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5 Proven IELTS Writing Tips

When I get questions from some students, I often receive questions about tips and tricks regarding writing for IELTS. It may seem somewhat disappointing for some of my students, but the best tips for learning HOW to write for IELTS, whether this is Academic or General, is to understand the band scores that the examiner will be...

How to Easily Teach Sight Words in Primary School

Sight words have two definitions. One is common terms which are constantly seen when reading a language. For English, these include “a, you, the, was, little” and many more. Another definition is commonly used words that cannot be sounded out by simply looking at them. Understanding sight words in both contexts is critical...

5 Awesome Tutor Apps You Should Know

woman using tutor apps on tablet
It can be hard to know how to bring your tutoring skills more up to date and stay on top of relevancy. Sure, the schoolwork of kids today hasn’t changed much, but in 2019 the way kids are motivated certainly has. It may seem strange to turn to apps to help you tutor more effectively, but there...

4 Ways to Make the Most of Choice Time

Choice time: two young girls doing arts and crafts
No matter what grade level you teach, giving students free choice in the classroom to work on whatever interests them can have huge benefits for teachers in multiple ways. Making the most out of choice time. First, and maybe most importantly, it allows students to have fun in your...

Express DigiBooks Library [How to Get Started Easily]

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If you are an English teacher, you will probably have heard or used the Express DigiBooks Library, or DigiBooks for short. DigiBooks was created by Express Publishing, one of the leading publishers in English Language Teaching, to host their portfolio of more than 3,500 titles. Read on to find out what it is and how you can get...

Community-Based Learning [Learning with a Community Partner]

Community based learning students
Community-based learning is a high impact practice which can improve student retention and engagement, and help students better absorb, retain, and transfer knowledge. This tip sheet contains suggestions for working with an on-campus community partner to offer students an authentic learning experience. Community partners come to the classroom to present students with a real-life problem,...

10 Amazing Tips for Building Rapport with Students

Building rapport: students having fun.
Teaching is the art of imparting knowledge and making students learn by experience. There are so many teachers who understand this, and yet, so many who do not. For example, there are teachers whose lectures in class constantly centre around themselves; there are also those who do not ask their students questions – they just go on...

Charter Schools [Pros and Cons]

Charter schools are growing in popularity as they crop up in more communities throughout the country. While they try to combine the best characteristics of both traditional public schools and privately funded schools, the primary reason they are gaining attention is the the choice that they provide. Before charter schools, low income families...

The Top 50 Teacher Movies Of All Time

The Great Debaters
Everyone who watches a teacher movie can gain great inspiration. Who doesn't love the story of the teacher who believes in their students so much as to make a difference in their lives! Every single teacher hopes to make an impact in some way in the lives of our students. At the end...

Help! I’m Teaching ESL Next Year. What Can I Do Now To Prepare?

Books on teaching ESL.
6 Things You Can Do Now! First of all, WELCOME! We are glad to have you in our professional learning network. If you are reading this, I want to formally welcome you to a wonderful, passionate group of ESL educators and advocates who will support you along the way. In this article, you will...